State of Virginia Archives: on Education

Robert Sarvis: Bad schools persist because politicians are in charge

Education is fundamental to Virginia's prosperity. Top-rate schools attract businesses and prepare our children for success. Unfortunately, our antiquated, top-down school system is increasingly misaligned with the future challenges young Virginians will face. Too many students graduate high school without life and job skills needed to succeed. Many others don't graduate at all.

Why does the status quo continue? Because politicians and bureaucrats are in charge, not parents and teachers. To prepare our children for the real world, we need to adopt a modern approach that is proven to work and built to last. This means two things:

  1. Parents, not politicians or bureaucrats, should be in charge of the education dollars spent on their children.
  2. Teachers need to be liberated from the politicized, bureaucratic status quo and rewarded for the educational value--student learning--they create.
Source: Virginia Governor 2013 campaign website, Sep 21, 2013

Robert Sarvis: Supports vouchers, tax credit, charters, & parental triggers

Source: Virginia Governor 2013 campaign website, Sep 21, 2013

Bob McDonnell: Top Jobs for the 21st Century: STEM-H degrees

Top Jobs for the 21st Century: STEM-H degrees Our 2011 landmark "Top Jobs for the 21st Century" higher education reform legislation has made the college dream more affordable and accessible. Our bold statutory goal of 100,000 new degrees over the next 15 years, with a focus on Top Jobs for the 21st Century: STEM-H degrees 4%, after a decade of double digit increases. More diplomas mean more jobs!

We have increased the percentage of K-12 funding going into the classroom from 62% to 64%. Graduation rates are up.

Source: 2013 Virginia State of the State address Jan 9, 2013

Bob McDonnell: Zero tolerance policy for failing schools

Zero tolerance policy for failing schools Even in a state like ours with a very good public education system, some students are trapped in underperforming and unaccredited schools. This must end!

We now equip low performing schools with turnaround specialists and additional resources from the Zero tolerance policy for failing schools Institution to provide a high quality education alternative for children attending any chronically underperforming public elementary or secondary school. The Opportunity Educational Institution will be a new statewide school division to turnaround

Source: 2013 Virginia State of the State address Jan 9, 2013

Mark Warner: Involve whole communities in schools

Schools have the special responsibility of equipping young people with the skills they need to succeed. But schools cannot do it alone. Whole communities must be involved, from the groups that run after school activities to the businesses that understand the skills that today’s employers demand. [I support] Communities in Schools, Inc., a nationwide initiative that connects schools with community resources to help people learn, stay in school and prepare for life.
Source:, “Bringing Virginia Together” Jan 8, 2001

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